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Promising Ireland U21 Defender Signs New Contract At Liverpool

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Liverpool under-23 captain Corey Whelan has agreed a new contract to keep him at Anfield for the foreseeable future.

The Irish U21 international, who has been at the club for around a decade despite only turning 20 last Sunday, has put pen to paper on new terms with the club that he has been a lifelong fan of.

Whelan was promoted from the Liverpool U18 side for the 2016/17 season, and new U23 manager Neil Critchley saw fit to hand the Chester-born defender, who can play either at full-back or in central defence, the captain’s armband at the beginning of this season. His influence seems to be having the right effect too, as Liverpool currently lead Premier League 2 by a margin of six points after twelve games.

Whelan, along with fellow defender Conor Masterson, goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher and striker Glen McAuley, make up a group of highly-rated Irish players in the club’s youth ranks.

CHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Corey Whelan of Liverpool leads his team on to the pitch at the start of the Liverpool v Bristol City U23 Premier League Cup at The Swansway Chester Stadium on November 5, 2017 in Chester, England. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Internationally, Whelan made his debut for the Irish U21 side in a European Championship qualifier against Kosovo in March of this year. He has since established himself as a regular in Noel King’s international setup, going on to earn five caps as the Boys in Green look to maintain their good form and hopefully book a place in the finals in Italy in 2019.

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